Something Different


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It’s been a grueling couple of weeks. Without going into details, we moved suddenly and are headed to a vacation rental for a month to figure out our next steps.

That said, my life is upside down and sideways which has left me clinging to Jesus in a desperate and fulfilling way. He is good. We know he is doing good and bringing good, but in the meantime, I’m exhausted and need – oh, maybe a year – to recuperate.

Therefore, I’ve got nothing for this last post in August.

Except, to introduce you to an exceptional, new author on the scene who writes about food – his first love after my daughter and their kids. I swear I’m not biased just because he’s my son-in-love. He really is an incredible hobby chef and emerging author. I think if you check out his blog, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at his “tongue-in-cheek” writing as well as his food recommendations and critiques.

I especially liked this recent post.

That’s all I’ve got, folks. Enjoy Herk’s blog today and share him with your friends like I am.

What Involves Change, Boxes and a Notice at the Post Office?


We’ve all done it.

It’s a given at some point in each person’s life.

This past year, my husband, Brendan, and our two youngest kids did it. It’s not usually fun. Never easy, and requires many hours of back breaking work. Even with professionals.

I’m sure by now you’ve solved the simple riddle. The answer?

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But I’m not talking about my physical location, I’m talking about my blog.

Laura’s Confessions is packing it up and heading out the door.

You know how sometimes you just need a change? Or maybe you’ve outgrown your place? Perhaps you have some issues with your landlord…

Well, the time has come.

Due to a variety of reasons (some listed above), Laura’s Confessions will take up permanent residence on Laura’s website, laurabennet.com, starting July 1st! I’m pretty excited about my new location.

For the past 4 years, WordPress has been my home, and I’ve really enjoyed it. But last year, I began an author website and have been feeling a little torn between trying to keep both entities up and running. Then WordPress began making some changes. While, I’m certain most bloggers here love the new format and find navigation absolutely wonderful, for me it’s created more of a challenge to post and respond to my followers.

I feel awful for those of you who have fallen through the cybercracks!

So since my contracted time is coming to an end (like a lease), I’ve decided now is the time to make the break.

I realize I will lose some friends with my move.

It makes me sad, but it can’t be helped. Just as I miss my family and friends in my last physical location, there are those with whom I will only be able to keep touch through Facebook.

But isn’t it great that you can still follow me there and on my new blog?

Simply look for me at laurabennet.com and you can keep in touch, follow my blog AND have access to my books as well. And if you sign up with your email, you’ll get a free gift and quarterly newsletters!

You can’t beat that.

It’s sad, I know. But I hope to see many of you still following Laura’s Confessions on my website. And I have some new confessions too. Like about how I’m dealing with mold sickness, what I’m learning about essential oils and how I’m implementing a healthier lifestyle for my family.

It’s all good.

Hope to see you soon!

Farewell 2014


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As this year comes to a close, I’m reflecting on all the difficulties, the challenges and the blessings of the previous year. Through it all, the good, the bad and the ugly, God has been faithful to heal, discipline, restore and redeem. Nothing is wasted with God. No trial too small or too big. No delight left unanswered. No heartbreak left unattended.

So, with all the pain and joy, it has been a good year.

A very good year.

And I want to thank you, my readers and comrades in this life journey for walking with me, offering encouraging words and prayers, supporting me and allowing me to speak into your lives with words that I pray have come from the Lord.

Will you celebrate with me over these milestones?

  • I published my first book, The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater. Yippee! And people like it. I am humbled and grateful beyond words.
  • I welcomed grandchild #7 and #8, a seven month old granddaughter who lives with mom and dad in Poland, and a grandson born one week ago yesterday. I have yet to meet Liwia, except on Skype for now, but we will become friends that way until I get to hug her in person. In two weeks, I will have the pleasure of holding my youngest grandson, Zion.
  • I finished writing my first novel, A Voice from the Past.  Double yippee! Looking for an agent, but may end up with another self-publish. We’ll see…
  • We got out of the moldy house!!!!!!!!! Feeling so much better, but still on the mend.
  • We moved across the country from California to Florida, and we all love it here. God has answered so many prayers with this move. (Though I sorely miss my family and friends – especially grandkids #4 & 6 – they grow so fast!)
  • My husband has 2 great jobs now which we pray will soon stabilize us financially. Thank you, Lord for provision.
  • I’m homeschooling our youngest two children in jr and sr high. I love having them around, and they are growing remarkably in every way.
  • I’m working on a new e-book which should be out in about a month or less….(you’re curious now, aren’t you?)
  • I’ve started work on three other projects: a non-fiction sequel called Beyond the Miracle: When the Fairy Tale Becomes Reality that follows the lessons learned in our first six years of marriage ; a biblical historical novel Rachel’s Son, and a suspense novel Silk Stalkings. Only God knows in what order they will be completed.

Thank you all for your wonderful support in every way. May God bless your coming year with fruitfulness and joy.

What are some of your highlights of the year?

 

How Would the Kids Take it??


Excerpt…

As soon as I arrived home (from the jewelry store), I Skyped Brendan so he could see my ring. He felt a bit sad to not have given it to me in person, but I thought the whole situation romantic and exciting.

“Did you tell the kids yet?” I asked as soon as I finished telling him the story of the lady in the jewelry store.

“Uh, no. Actually, I didn’t think of it.”

“Really? I called everyone while I was still in the airport in Australia.”

It seemed inconceivable that he wouldn’t want to tell the kids right away.

“When’re you gonna tell them?”

“I reckon I’ll tell them later after dinner. I want to have a good sit down with them and explain about moving to America. I’m not sure how they’ll take it.”

I supposed that made sense. After all, it’s a pretty big deal to tell your young children that you are going to marry a woman who will become their second mother.

“Oh, and by the way, we’re all moving to another country thousands of miles away that you’ve never seen before. You’ll have to give up all your friends and family here, and you will be plunged into an unfamiliar culture where everyone will think you sound cool when you talk, but they won’t understand a word you say.”

I so didn’t envy Brendan that conversation. Naturally we were counting on the fact that this was God’s idea, and he must have a way to make it work not only for us, but the children as well. It’s not like he would do something to bless us at their expense. We really had to trust that somehow he would make it okay for them in their hearts and thoughts. They seemed closer to me as time went on, so we believed he was working in their hearts.

To Brendan’s amazement, all the children received the information with positive comments and excited questions! Even Brodie voiced interest in making the move.

Another miracle in our eyes. Seven children all on board with this momentous decision was no small feat!